Canucks Call Up Forward For NHL Debut After Strong Start To Season

Linus Karlsson, a promising young center from Sweden, has been called up by the Vancouver Canucks for his highly anticipated NHL debut on Thursday night.

Karlsson initially made a name for himself in the Swedish Hockey League (SHL) before being drafted 87th overall by the San Jose Sharks in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft.

His rights were later traded to the Canucks in February 2019, and his talent was evident as he earned the SHL Rookie of the Year award in 2021-22, surpassing the goal-scoring record held by Elias Pettersson, a current Canucks star.

Karlsson's journey continued in the AHL with the Abbotsford Canucks, where he showcased his skills and adaptability during the 2022-23 season, recording an impressive 49 points in 72 games.

So far this season in the AHL, Karlsson has scored two goals and 11 points across his first 13 games.

Canucks fans eagerly await his performance on the NHL stage, keen to see how his skills and abilities translate to the top tier of North American hockey. Photo Credit: Bob Frid-USA TODAY Sports